Meek Mill helps propose probation and parole reform bill in Pennsylvania

  /  04.03.2019

After introducing his non-profit organization REFORM Alliance at the top of this year, Meek Mill has officially begun the next phase.

On Tuesday (April 2), the Philadelphia rapper, along with fellow REFORM Alliance organizers Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin and CNN commentator Van Jones, helped support state House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris in introducing a new bill designed to reform the state’s probation and parole system.

According to reports, the proposed bill aims to “prevent the courts from sentencing a person to consecutive probation sentences, prevent the court from extending a person’s time on probation or parole due to nonpayment of fines and fees, plus establish a system of incentives that reward good behavior.”

As fans can recall, Meek has experienced the probation system first-hand over the years. After being released from jail in April 2018, after initially receiving a 2-to-4 year prison term for a probation violation in a decade-old gun and drug case, the rapper has been adamantly advocating for reform and speaking on behalf of those currently stuck in the system.

In addition to focusing on reforming strict probation and parole laws, the proposed bill also aims to decriminalize marijuana on drug tests, as well as includes an incentives program to reward good behavior.

“This proposed bill is the first step in changing the criminal justice system and it’s only right that we start in my home state,” Meek said during the press conference on Tuesday. “I’ve lost too much time away from my son, my family, my friends and fans in Philly because of outdated probation laws, so I want to make sure people don’t have go through what I did.”

As reported, the state of Pennsylvania has recently stopped suspending drivers’ licenses for those convicted of drug offenses unrelated to driving, as well as has expanded the use of DNA evidence for those already convicted.

Check out Meek Mill’s commentary below, beginning around the 32-minute mark.

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